A new study by business performance services provider Diskeeper found businesses are increasingly turning toward virtualization to bolster their data protection and recovery needs.
"Ensuring uptime is at the top of every IT administrator's list," said Mandeep Birdi, senior presales consultant at Diskeeper, in a press release. "With virtualization you can automatically move virtual machines from one host to another and even from one data center to another – so they'll stay up and running, with little or no downtime, in case of a failure."
At the same time, however, many businesses are experiencing challenges backing up their virtual machines, essentially negating the advantages the technology is intended to provide when deployed.
In a survey of 500 IT professionals, Diskeeper found that 80 percent were aware of some of the challenges posed by virtualization, such as I/O bottlenecks. While most companies that deploy virtualization tend to see benefits, some will experience these challenges.
Birdi said three main issues are currently inhibiting the effectiveness of virtualization: fragmentation, miscalculated prioritization and bloating.
"These problems can result in actually costing the company unnecessary spend on additional hardware as well as time in dealing with the issues," Birdi said.
Given the benefits often afforded by virtualization, more businesses are incorporating the technology at a rapid pace. According to a recent Spiceworks report, 54 percent of surveyed small- and medium-sized businesses currently use virtualization, while an additional 20 percent plan to utilize the technology this year.
As this trend develops, many businesses will likely see cost and efficiency benefits by deploying virtualization. However, for those that fail to monitor their virtualization solutions effectively, challenges are likely to ensue, resulting in unnecessary spending and frustration.